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The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990)

Unrated | | Adventure, Biography, War | TV Movie 5 March 1990
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gen. Gerhard Hellstein
Lady Evelyn
Reuters Editor
Lady Caroline
Gen. Halmsden
Miss Delaney
Arkie Whiteley ...
Daphne (as Tara McGowran)
Ingrid Held ...
Countess De Turbinville
Geoffrey Chater ...


The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a hopeless romantic Fleming got himself expelled from Eton and other prestigious public schools before his mother, fed up, sent to work for Reuters,the news bureau. Whilst covering a show-trial of British engineers in Soviet Moscow, Fleming pulled his first Bond-like escapade, almost losing his life in the process. This caught the interest of Britain's dormant yet watchful military intelligence, later to become the highly acclaimed S.O.E. After Fleming's recruitment into His Majesty's Service, his exploits become increasingly fantastic. It is difficult to believe that this is not fiction! The Secret Life of Ian Fleming goes to prove, once again, the truth certainly is stranger than fiction. One Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred! Written by Ras Jarborg <ras@algonet.se>

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Beautiful women. dangerous espionage, exotic adventures. See more »


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Release Date:

5 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming  »

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1.33 : 1
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The film's main movie poster had a design aesthetic similar to the one for the then recent James Bond film The Living Daylights (1987) which featured a Bond Girl (Maryam d'Abo) in the foreground with a gun with a man (Bond, played by Timothy Dalton) in a tuxedo in the background only with The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990) the man was also accompanied by another woman. See more »


Some of the naval files are marked as TOP SECRET. Prior to 1942, the highest level of classification used by Britain was called MOST SECRET. See more »


Leda St Gabriel: She's a spy!
Ian Fleming: I know.
Leda St Gabriel: How?
Ian Fleming: Her lips were cold.
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Follows Goldeneye (1989) See more »

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The essence of genius?
9 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

If one was to watch this film just as one might watch a comedy or some other form of light entertainment, then the taut adrenaline fuelled excitement it prompts will have been lost.

That this film may contain false dramatization I know not, but one thing is certain, when fact or fiction in a film become so closely entwined with a result that causes the viewers heart to thump, their stomach to tighten and their eyes and minds to be so magnetized to the screen, then I feel nothing but praise can be heaped upon the geniuses who create and produce such works.

That I knew the film was based on fact made it all the more riveting for me to watch, to think that such people really do exist, people who's lives are drawn to acts of courage and reckless abandon, people who live for danger and revel in dicing with death. I also found that hearing the phrases and seeing the habits of Ian Fleming in the film made me smile as I recalled the James Bond films in which they were used.

When I saw this film it was not just the craft that went into it which impressed me, but more the thoughts it conjured up about those things happening in real life. I'm sure that as with times past, both the present and the future will produce characters which will become food for eagerly waiting writers, personally I can't get enough of them.

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